The pastor in charge of the Voice of Canaan Church, Cherubim and Seraphim, Azuri-Okene, in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State, Pastor Otaru Olusegun, was arrested for allegedly killing a prostitute for rituals.
The pastor was arrested alongside two of his accomplices who claimed to be his boys and church members.
The victim’s head, breasts, legs, one hand were cut and buried in his church at the altar, while the remaining headless body was buried in a shallow grave at a bush close to the church.
The killed prostitute has been identified as Mercy Moses who hails from Benue State. She was working in one Hollywood hotel in the area.
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The pastor was helped by one of the hotel attendants to lure the victim to her house where he and some of his accomplices rapped her before going ahead to carry out their dastardly act.
The pastor who was paraded with two of his accomplices, Yakubu Abdulmuminu and Samuel Olusegun at the Kogi state police command in Lokoja yesterday confessed to having killed Mercy Moses, a prostitute at Hollywood Hotel in Azuri community with the hope of raising N2.5 million from the ritual before luck ran out of him. He went ahead to blame his actions on poverty.
He confirmed sending two of his pastors, Samuel Olusegun, Yakubu Abdulmuminu and one Stephen who is at large to lure any prostitute for the money ritual. Otaru said one of his boys strangulated Mercy to death, stressing that they cut her body into pieces to ease their operation.
While confessing to the crime, one of the suspects Yakubu Abdulmuminu, disclosed that they raped the deceased before she was killed, and two of them (himself and Stephen) still went ahead to sleep with her after she was killed, for protection from any form of attacks.
According to the police command Public Relation Officer, ASP Williams Aya, the three suspected ritualists were arrested following a tip-off. He added that the command has recovered the body of the deceased from the suspects in pieces: head, legs, body and hands.
He said the three suspects arrested in connection to the crime have confessed to the crime. He said the police is on the trail of the fourth suspect who is said to be at large.